This project was aimed at influencing decision-makers by providing them with the knowledge required to understand the dependence of poor communities on common pool resources in semi-arid India, and the policy implications of this dependence in view of pressures on CPRs and constraints to their sustainable and equitable management. The underlying assumption was that policy makers lacked a thorough understanding of livelihood contributions of CPRs, which prevented them from taking pro-poor policy decisions related to CPR management.
The project succeeded in producing a thorough review of CPRs in India, based both on a large proportion of the available literature and on interactions with experts from the grassroots level. Through a number of workshops and meetings, a range of stakeholders and target institutions were involved in the project and their comments and suggestions were fed back into the review continuously. In particular, the project was able to identify a number of generic issues related to CPR management in India, which will form the basis for the development of pro-poor CPR management strategies.
Adolph, B. 2001. Common pool resources in semi-arid India - Dynamics, management and livelihood contributions. Final Technical Report for project R7877. Chatham: Natural Resources Institute, UK, 18 pp.